A's Braden honored in Stockton

STOCKTON, Calif. -- It was another perfect day for Dallas Braden.

The Oakland Athletics pitcher returned to Stockton on Saturday night, sharing his slice of baseball history with a hometown proud to call him one of its own.

A sold-out crowd roared as Braden received a key to the city before a Class-A game at Stockton Ballpark, where Braden pitched for the Ports five years ago on his way to major league fame.

The left-hander was honored for throwing the 19th perfect game in big league history, the culmination of two whirlwind weeks for the 26-year-old pitcher after his 4-0 gem against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 9.